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Accession Number:
Ms 596-68
Hijri Date:
Gregorian Date:
Folios extant in ms.:
Columns x Rows:
4 x 21
Page Size (h x w):
350 x 230 mm
Text Size (h x w):
230 x 137 mm
Colophon Folio:
Ms Type:
Ms Status:
Completion Status:
Ready to upload to website
Illuminations in ms:
Illustrations in ms:
23 ( 21 Shahnama 1 Barzunama 1 other [ Bahmannama ] )
Illustration Records in archive:
Last updated by:
Date last updated:
2009-04-25 08:24
Public Notes
The numbered with continuous pagination, 1005 pages (503 folios). The text starts with the prose preface (p. 2) on a double-illuminated title page, and stamped at the end with a seal, which gives the date, 1053/1643. This does not necesssarily indicate more that a terminus ante quem for the production of the manuscript.

The poem starts on p. 16 (f. 8v) under an illuminated sarlauh. There is another sarlauh on p. 318 (f. 159v) with the title "Kitab-i Kaykhusraunama". This section ends on p. 887 (f. 444r), and on the following page is the beginning of the Bahmnnama, under another sarlauh. This finishes on p. 925 (f. 463r), and is followed by the final section, under an illuminated sarlauh, with the heading, "Iskandarnama".

There is thus a possibility that this ms. should be added to the group of "truncated" Shahnamas, identified by Karin Ruhrdanz: as it ends with the death of Iskandar (Alexander), and contains illustrations from other epics, the Barzunama (inserted after the story of Bizhan and Manizha) and the Bahmannama.

The ms. ends on pp. 1004-5 (ff. 502v-503r) with an illuminated double page in chequer-board layout, but no colophon. The end of the text is stamped with another seal, illegible. (Ch.M).

For a detailed description of this manuscript and its illustrations, see S.A. Sharifzadeh, Namvarnama, Tehran, 1370sh/1970, pp. 208-20.

Project Notes
Not certain if the Accession no. is more properly 68-596.

Probably only the 596 element is relevant anyway.

Dating Ref:
Seal Seal or stamp giving the date.
Origin Ref:
Sharifzadeh, S.A. Namvar nameh. (1370 sh.) Ministry of Culture and Higher Education. Tehran. Iran.
Illustration Ref:
Sharifzadeh, S.A. Namvar nameh. (1370 sh.) Ministry of Culture and Higher Education. Tehran. Iran.
Illustration in archive - 23     (back to top)
f. 0022
Kayumars enthroned (1643)
f. 0043
Faridun binds Zahhak (1643)
f. 0058
The murder of Iraj (1643)
f. 0141
Rustam lifts Afrasiyab by the belt (1643)
f. 0154
Rustam's first labour: Rakhsh kills a lion (1643)
f. 0162
Rustam's seventh labour: he kills the White Div (1643)
f. 0212
The first combat of Rustam and Suhrab (1643)
f. 0277
Guruy executes Siyavush (1643)
f. 0320
Kay Khusrau receives Rustam and Zal (1643)
f. 0342
Farud retreats to his fortress and is mortally wounded by Ruhham (1643)
f. 0396
Rustam kills Ashkabus and his horse (1643)
f. 0482
Rustam rescues Bizhan from the pit (1643)
f. 0578
Scene from the Barzunama (1643)
f. 0613
Bizhan and Human wrestle for a second time (1643)
f. 0654
Kay Khusrau mourns for Piran and the dead Turanians (1643)
f. 0676
Kay Khusrau kills Shida (1643)
f. 0720
The execution of Afrasiyab (1643)
f. 0757
Gushtasp kills a wolf in Rum (1643)
f. 0790
Arjasp flees from the battlefield (1643)
f. 0868
Rustam shoots Isfandiyar in the eyes with a double-pointed arrow (1643)
f. 0917
Scene from the Bahmannama (1643)
f. 0947
Iskandar attends the dying Dara (1643)
f. 1002
Iskandar dies in Babylon (1643)